Three Al-Shabaab militants killed in Somalia: official

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Three Al-Shabaab militants were killed on Sunday night in a fierce fighting after the Al-Qaida- allied insurgents launched an attack on a government military base in Jala-laksi district of Hiran region in central Somalia.

Jala-laksi deputy administrator Mahamod Fidow told journalists on Monday that Somali military officers repulsed the attack by heavily armed Al-Shabaab fighters on their military base.

“They attacked on our military base, but the forces stopped them. We have managed to kill three of the attackers while others fled away from the scene,” Fidow said.

He said the military officers later launched security operations in the region and arrested several suspects who are being investigated for various incidents of insecurity in the region.

“We will investigate them and later release innocent people while those found with offenses will be taken to court,” Fidow added.

The official also said the situation is calm, denying there were casualties among their side.

Al-Shabab has not claimed responsibility, but the group has carried out similar terror attacks before, vowing to intensify attacks on government bases and African Union peacekeepers during the holy month of Ramadan.

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